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COMMUNIQUE Landerneau le 25 octobre 2013

The cargoship " Ostgard " was in difficulty off "Belle Ille" last June 22, 2013. Other similar cases are listed (including a barge etc. ..... ). MOR GLAZ notes that since the departure of the tug from the port of La Pallice, number of incidents are increasing in this non protected area .

Yesterday, Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 11am, the chemical tanker " Higth STRENGHT " 180 m, Panamanian flag, sustained a damage in the engine room, at three nautical miles from Glénan .

We were scared, indicated the maritime autorities, but then everything went back to normal ." Two hours of anxiety at the Préfecture Martime", this is understandable, but what are these specialists expecting to "require" the means necessary ?

To assist the ship The tug "L'Abeille Bourbon" sailed from Brest at 1'30pm as well as the tug CROISIC from Saint Nazaire who was there in quite by chance ! So far so good, except that the Tug BOURBON was once again far from her area for several hours and the CROISIC remains primarily a harbor tug .

MOR GLAZ , for the umpteenth time, repeats that a new tug in an Atlantic port under the Maritime authority to protect the Bay of Biscay is necessary, in the same conditions as before the departure of the tug in August 2011.

Since the departure of the tug from the port of La Pallice, MOR GLAZ has had many meetings: August 2013 during the " Summer University of the Labour Party " 5000 leaflets were distributed ,

.... in September 20, a meeting with 18 Mayors of 15 Iles du Ponant,

....September 24, 2013 meeting with the Secretary of the Minister of Transport, under request of Prime Minister,

.... October 3, 2013 we officially requested the General Secretary of the Sea to bring this matter to the agenda of the Interministerial Committee for the Sea ( few days ago two MP UMP Poitou- Charentes requested in a written letter to the Minister of Transport to put in place again a tug to protect the area of the Bay of Biscay.

MOR GLAZ requests quickly means of rescue. Some figures : More than 6800 ship movements per year in 10 Atlantic ports, thousands of ships including giant container ships and cruise ships that cross off the coast of the Bay of Biscay.

In the letter dated October 3, 2013 sent to the Secretary General of the Sea , MORGLAZ proposed ideas, supported by several of our members, Captains, bosuns, who have worked on board rescue ship for decades... For MOR GLAZ, no way to give up such case .